Rough Trail #221

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rough Trail #221 Map

Rough Trail #221 extends through the Red River Gorge  between KY 77 and KY 715. The trail climbs from streamside to ridge-top and back down again several times. 

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This trail is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland Ranger District.

Trailheads: Martins Fork Parking Area on KY 77 and Rough Trail/Swift Camp Creek Trail parking area on KY 715.

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At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: You must purchase a permit if camping in the Red River Gorge (outside Koomer Ridge Campground) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
Open Season: Open all year
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only. 
Closest Towns: Slade
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380

General Information


Parking is available at the trailhead on KY 77 and Rough Trail/Swift Camp Creek trail parking area on KY 715.


East end of Rough Trail
From Slade, travel east on KY 15 for 7 miles and turn left onto KY 715. Continue 4.1 miles to the Rough Trail/Swift Camp Creek Trail parking area on the left.

From Pine Ridge, take exit 40 off the Mountain Parkway and head west on KY 15. Turn right onto KY 715; continue 4.1 miles to the Swift Camp Creek/Rough Trail parking area on the left. Rough Trail begins from the parking area.

West end of Rough Trail
From Slade, travel west on KY 11/15. After about 1.5 miles, turn right onto KY 77. Follow 77 through Nada Tunnel. The Martin’s Fork parking area is on the left.


This trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.



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